5 Decorating Ideas for Roll Up Shades

Roll up shades can be a great way to add some creativity and flair to a room. Though these shades typically come in white or off-white vinyl, they can be decorated in a multitude of ways. What’s even better is that the shades are fairly inexpensive, meaning you can add creative flair to a room with minimal investment. Here are some great ideas for decorating roll up shades.

Hand Prints

A great way to decorate your child’s bed or play room and have a visual reminder of your little ones forever is to decorate a roll up shade with your child's hand prints. You can usually find relatively inexpensive safe paints that will stick to the surface and hold for a quite a while. You can go for a multi-colored creative look, or a toned down all black and white look. Regardless of what color scheme you decide to embark on you will have a fun artistic memento of your child’s childhood to proudly display in their room for years to come,  Chances are your children will love the process of making it.

Paint or Draw

If you are talented enough you can use fabric paint or fabric markers to design fantastic murals on your roll up window shades. This is a great way to add some character to any room and can be especially delightful in a baby nursery. Even if you are not an artist you can invest in stencils or patterns to trace and color or you can just make some simple shapes.


Another way you can decorate your roll up shades is by cutting out or purchasing pre-cut cloth shapes and patterns to glue to your roll down shade. This can make some really fun designs and, if done with care, can come out looking pretty spiffy.


You can add visual interest to any roll up shade, even the ones you have already decorated in other ways by adding crafty little touches here and there. An example would be adding some cute little "doo-dad", or ornament, to the pull string that opens and closes the shade. You can add ribbons or trim to the border of your shade by using readily available fabric glue. Ribbon, trim and fabric glue are all relatively inexpensive and can be found at most department stores. This is a great way to make a subtle difference to an otherwise dull window treatment.


These days you can easily make iron-on patches from just about any home printer. You can iron the patches directly on to fabric-based window shades or cut out your image in a thin fabric and glue it on. Select a favorite vacation photo or special family shot. Scan it into your computer and print onto an iron transferable paper to be applied as above. This is a very creative way to add a personal touch to your window treatments and teenagers will love it.